For Thanksgiving sides, this Minnesotan turns to heavenly (and hilarious) church lady cookbooks

For Thanksgiving sides, this Minnesotan turns to heavenly (and hilarious) church lady cookbooks

My growing collection offers a glimpse into the past, with recipes for Creamed Green Beans and Snappy Tomatoes.

For this homegrown Minnesotan, digital newspaper archives mean binge-reading on family history

November 2
For this homegrown Minnesotan, digital newspaper archives mean binge-reading on family history
Digital newspaper archives reveal tragedies, triumphs and a sweet story about Grandma.
10,000 Takes

Thirty years at Uptown Y: 'The first and only gym I've ever joined'

October 18
Thirty years at Uptown Y: 'The first and only gym I've ever joined'
That cinder-block building has remained a constant in my life.
Variety
September 27

An injured distance runner reinvents her Twin Cities Marathon tradition

I used to be that runner — someone who squeezed in a run nearly every day to take a break from the rest of life and feel the outdoors. I long for those days.
Variety
September 5

Gig economy is terrifying – and totally worth it for this Minnesota freelancer

A freelancer weighs the pros and cons of the fast-growing self-employment sector.
Variety
August 28

I'm a baby boomer lost in the millennial world of a co-working office space

What a 60-year-old learned when she rented a desk at a Minneapolis co-working office for freelancers, start-ups and other entrepreneurs.
Variety
June 27
The Glensheen mansion in Duluth, seen in 2007.

An author's 40-year fascination (and theory) about Congdon murders

Double homicide case became a career-long quest for this Twin Cities reporter and writer.
Variety
May 22

I divorced my husband but forged a lasting bond with his ex-wife

At first I assumed the worst about her. But she proved herself an ally and true friend.
Variety
May 17

Can the 'No Buy' challenge cure my shopping habit?

I'm practically a fixture at Twin Cities vintage boutiques and bookstores. Could I make it one month without buying anything?
Variety
May 11

Millennial thanks the 'unofficial mothers' she met in Minnesota

The matriarchs whom this East Coast 20-something found in Minnesota weren't blood-related, weren't teachers, weren't necessarily bosses — but they looked out for a newcomer missing her mother.